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Kentucky Lake Fishing Report for:
March 26, 2009
PRESPAWN CRAPPIE BITE IMPROVES AS FISH MOVE
SHALLOW...BASS ON GRAVEL BANKS AND HITTING GOOD
Kentucky Lake crappie have been in prespawn phase for some time now and
action improved this week as a lot of fish moved up to midrange depths
in preparation for spawning, which is fast approaching.
This week surface temps really warmed and that stimulates movement from
deep to shallow zones as the fish stair-step their way toward shallow
Presently, surface temps are in the 57 to 60 degree range over much of
the reservoir and Big Sandy is warming rapidly and likely ahead of most
other regions of the lake. Male crappie are showing signs of hormonal
changes as their pigment darkens, which is another sign the spawn is
knocking at the door.
Active spawning takes place once surface temps linger in the 62 to 66
degree range. That could happen by early next week so crappie anglers
should see a lot of movement in the days ahead as those 7 to 12 foot
depths start appealing to meandering crappie that are staging out away
Lake levels have see-sawed slightly this week after some rain.
Currently, elevation at both Kentucky Dam and upstream at New
Johnsonville is 356.3. That reading is about two feet above the normal
winter pool level for this time of year but TVA’s curve for reservoir
filling begins on April 1.
Under normal conditions the reservoir is resting at its low ebb of
winter pool (354 range) until April 1 when TVA allows a gradual rise to
the summer pool mark of 359 by May 1.
Water color remains clear in the main lake but rains and high winds at
midweek stirred up some sediments in bays so there is a little color in
the bays, especially up Big Sandy toward the Country Junction area and
into West Sandy around Britton Ford and Springville pumphouse.
Some good stringers have been taken in those areas this week by a
variety of methods ranging from long line drifting to slow trolling
spider rigs. Vertical presentations have also paid off well as anglers
work jig tipped with minnows around submerged stakebeds and brush piles.
Popular jig colors have ranged from red/chartreuse to lime green with
sparkle and some pink/chartreuse combos just to name a few.
In the Paris Landing area fish really moved up to structure the last few
days in 7 to 12 foot zones. Fish were hitting good in areas that were
void of fish a few days earlier, indicating a migration is underway
toward spawning venues.
Not to be overlooked are those main lake ledges that are still giving up
some decent stringers as fishermen stalk the 17 to 22 foot zones with
bottom bouncing, double hook Kentucky Lake rigs. Seems there’s always a
few fish lingering on the ledges out there.
Bass are still on the gravel and big rock banks where good numbers of
fish have been caught by anglers tossing crankbaits in the crawfish, red
shad, chrome/blue, and fire tiger colors. Rattle Traps and Bandit
crankbaits have been popular choices as have suspending jerk baits such
as Smithwick’s Rogue and Bomber Model A.
Floating worms are working too as are spinnerbaits around some dead
grass in the backs of bays. Roadbeds and rip-rap rock levees are holding
a lot of fish.
Some anglers are casting Carolina rigs on sloping gravel points to find
a few spotted bass and largemouth.
Watch for the topwater bite to continue to improve as waters warm.
Fishing has been good this week as March has delivered some cool and
windy days but there have been some pleasant days too when anglers had
light winds and warm sunshine that really stimulated the bite from both
bass and crappie.
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Steve McCadams is one of the nation's best known Crappie Fishermen
and a full time resident of Paris, Tennessee. Steve is also a
professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area.